Lewis Hamilton says ‘halo’ may have saved his life after being hit by Max Verstappen’s tyre in dramatic Monza crash
LEWIS HAMILTON says he’s fortunate to be alive after dishonest loss of life in one other crash with F1 title rival Max Verstappen.
The Dutchman’s Red Bull was launched onto the highest of his Mercedes as the 2 tangled on the Italian GP.
Hamilton, 36, prevented severe damage largely due to his halo – a protecting titanium ring round his helmet – however was nonetheless hit on the pinnacle by Verstappen’s tyre.
The Brit, who later complained of neck ache, admitted he was saved by the halo cockpit safety cover that stopped the complete weight of the Red Bull’s rear wheel from hanging his head.
Hamilton mentioned: “Honestly, I really feel very, very lucky. Thank God for the halo. That in the end saved me. And saved my neck.
“I don’t think I have ever been hit on the head by a car before and it is quite a shock for me.
“If you see the picture, my head is sort of far ahead. I have been racing for a protracted very long time and I’m so so grateful I’m nonetheless right here.
“I feel incredibly blessed that someone was watching over me today.”
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The Halo was launched in 2018 to forestall drivers from being hit by flying particles or struggling a extreme head trauma.
Hamilton, who sounded out of types after the race, will see a specialist to make sure there isn’t any long run harm.
The seven-time world champion, 36, was preventing Verstappen for observe place when the Red Bull collided with the Brit’s Mercedes.
Hamilton was popping out of the pits and into the primary chicane with Verstappen in pursuit of his F1 title rival.
The Dutch star, 23, did not again down and hit the kerb, flying into Hamilton and ending each of their probabilities of profitable the Italian GP.
Speaking to his crew on the radio after the incident, Verstappen mentioned: “That’s what happens when you don’t give space.”
But the title challenger was handed a three-place grid penalty for the subsequent race in Russia after a stewards’ investigation.
Hamilton was quizzed about watching the incident again and realising simply how shut he got here to struggling a doubtlessly deadly accident.
I’m so grateful I’m nonetheless right here
He added: “His rear wheel landed on my head. The rear wheel landed on the halo and I think the inside of the most cambered part of the inside of the tyre landed on my head.
“I’ll most likely have to see a specialist to ensure I’m good for the subsequent race as a result of it’s getting tighter and tighter, however I’ll live.
“But it is a huge shock. I’ve been racing a very long time and we’re taking dangers on the market on a regular basis.
“It’s only when you experience something like that that you get that real shock and you look at life and realise how fragile we are.”
Red Bull chief Christian Horner has praised the Halo and is relieved Hamilton did not undergo a severe damage at Monza.
He instructed Sky Sports: “Most essential factor immediately is that the Halo has accomplished it is job as a result of it is an ungainly accident, thank God nobody was harm.
“To portion the blame [for the crash] to one side or the other, I think for this particular incident that’s very difficult to do.”
After Verstappen insisted he was to not blame for the collision, Mercedes chief Toto Wolff described it as a ‘tactical foul’.
He instructed Sky Sports: “The stewards will decide who is to blame. In football you would call it a tactical foul. He knew that if Lewis stays ahead, then that is the race win.
I’m a bit bit stiff and sore on my neck as a result of [Max’s tyre] landed on my head however I’ll be OK.
“When you take a look at Turn 4 earlier in the race, [Lewis] backed out of it, nevertheless it was clear for Max [before the incident] it will find yourself in a crash.
“I’m positive the stewards will take a look at this correctly however incidents like it will proceed.
“Maybe it will have to be another high speed crash and end up with someone on top of someone’s head again [for things to change].”
Daniel Ricciardo went on to win the Italian GP, with his McLaren team-mate Lando Norris simply behind him in second.
It was Ricciardo’s first victory since his triumph at Monaco three years in the past and McLaren’s first win in 3,213 DAYS.
Hamilton’s Mercedes companion Valtteri Bottas accomplished the rostrum, whereas the Brit’s future colleague George Russell completed ninth.
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